Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

14 Jun 2001, 10:00 a.m.

To Russia With Like

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I'm in a Kinko's (oi!) trying to write a diary entry in (checks watch) six minutes, before I go back to the hotel, and get on a plane to (what the hell am I doing?) St. Petersburg.

Who invented the footnote?

Someone in the orientation for my study-abroad program said that we should use "common sense," "your best defense." The idea of 'common sense' really disturbs me, because for a long time I was told by people very close to me that I had no such thing. They may have been right, but ever since then I can't really believe that I have it. What is it? Examples?

It's tough to be a vegetarian in DC.

Morton Kondracke wrote a book called Saving Milly. Blurbs from Katie Couric, Christopher Reeves, and Mary Tyler Moore on the back.

There is a Buca di Beppo in DC with the "Sanitary Bathrooms" line in its ad on the Metro.

I saw fireflies and smelled certain smells in the past week that I only recal from my childhood in Pennsylvania.

The new Amnesty International ads bother me, and I can't put a finger on the reason.

The Smithsonian has better toilet paper in its ladies' room than does the Arlington Hilton in Virginia.

The two Justice John Marshall Harlans (Supreme Court) both were "Great Dissenters." I'm imagining a Capitol Steps song to the tune of "The Great Pretender." "The Great Dissenter/Concurrence unknown..."

I got a copy of Good News Club v. Milford Central School when I visited the Supreme Court yesterday. Very seth-y.

More updates from Leningrad.

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